NMIMC briefly considered traditional VPNs, with proprietary clients often using IPSec to securely communicate over insecure networks like the Internet.
NMIMC eventually chose the Secure Extranet Appliance (SEA) solution from SafeWeb of Emeryville, CA.
The solution was implemented at NMIMC at a onetime cost of $90,000, with no annual license or other additional fees required.
It didn't provide us with centralized auditing capabilities or allow us to easily control user access," said Lieutenant Nickerson, head of security for NMIMC.
To date, NMIMC has provided 1,500 Navy Medicine employees with secure remote access to proprietary naval business information.
Walters, Navy Medicine's Chief Information Officer and the Commanding Officer of NMIMC
, "The prototype worked so well, I've included the (GEMM) tool in the lease to own procurement of every server, personal and notebook computer for the Navy Medicine system.